Mediterranean diet during pregnancy could prevent asthma, allergies

June 23, 2008 9:35:15 AM PDT
Women who eat a Mediterranean diet while pregnant could help stave off asthma and allergies in their children.The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables: fruits, whole grain breads and cereals, legumes, and nuts as well as olive oil and fish.

For this study, researchers in Greece followed 460 mothers and their children from pregnancy until the children were 6 years old.

They found that the children of mothers who ate eight or more vegetable servings per week during pregnancy were less likely to develop persistent wheezing.

The same was true of children whose mothers ate three or more fish servings a week.

The traditional the study is in this month's issue of "Thorax."


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